Lemon Sherbet Green from Bluebird Tea Co.

lemonsherbetTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Bluebird Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Green tea with lemon is a classic. In true Bluebird style we have done it a bit different! Sweet + tangy like sherbet on your tounge + two types of lemon to make your mouth water with delight. Another fantastic blend to add to our traditional sweet collection.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Thank you to my SororiTea Sister Scheherazade for sending me a sample of this tea!

Personally speaking, this is one of those blends that I probably wouldn’t have chosen myself just because I’m not drawn to green blends normally and I think the pairing of citrus/lemon and green tea is a little played out, but the dry leaf smelled really strongly of sweet lemon juice or lemon candy, and I do like the simplicity of the tea so I was actually kind of excited regardless.

Because it is something I’ve kind of tried before, though, I wanted to do something a little different than usual – so I made this into a tea soda; while I wont take the time to explain my process of doing that (unless anyone would like me to) I will point out that the process uses sweetener though – and with a tea like this that’s already pre-sweetened due to the stevia in it a preparation method like this negates that aspect of the blend a little bit because when I tasted this tea I knew it would be sweet and expected that; theoretically with a more traditional tasting/preparation method I could have tasted the stevia and been more critical about it’s presence – I don’t typically like when my tea is sweetened for me; I want to have the choice to do that and pre-sweetened blends eliminate that choice.

I think the simplicity of the blend ultimately works against this tea though; the flavour was very monotone and I think the only reason that didn’t read as ‘flat’ was because of the carbonation which makes it hard to view anything as tasting ‘flat’. The green base was eclipsed and instead this had a really strong, distinct taste of lemon verbena or lemon myrtle; not exactly a ‘realistic’ lemon flavour and while strong and steady only really enjoyable if you’re big into those flavours to begin with. And you better be, because it’s all you’re going to taste.

Decent blend overall; the name’s pretty accurate so kudos for that. I just wish it had a little more to offer; I shouldn’t feel like I have to resort to creative methods like tea soda just to make this feel a little less mundane.

Pomegranate Burst™ Green Tea from Good Earth

pomburstTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Good Earth online or Wherever Good Earth Teas are sold.

Tea Description:

Sure we all have responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean we have to settle into a routine. Break things up with the tingling intensity of Pomegranate Burst™. Blended with the goodness of green tea and the unexpected tart flavors of pomegranate and cherry, one sip will be enough to shake up an ordinary day.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I brewed this Pomegranate Burst™ Green Tea from Good Earth without knowing the ingredients in the tea – only knowing it’s a flavored green tea.  So, I brewed it the way I’d brew any other bagged green tea:  using 8 ounces of hot water (170°F) and steeping for 2 minutes.

After I finished steeping the tea, I noticed the color – it’s a vivid ruby color, just like the color of a pomegranate aril.  This communicated “hibiscus” to me.  And after my first sip, yep … there’s hibiscus in this.  Ugh.  That first sip told me something else:  there’s stevia in this too. Double Ugh.  And it’s not even the natural leaf from the herb “stevia” it’s steviol glycosides which is the chemical compound of stevia.  And I can taste that chemical taste from it too.  Triple UGH!

Served hot, this just isn’t my cup of tea.  I taste to much hibiscus and stevia and a syrupy cherry flavor (read:  cherry flavored cough syrup) for me to derive much enjoyment out of drinking it.  I do taste pomegranate and hints of raspberry.  Those flavors might be nice if my palate wasn’t overwhelmed by the flavor of hibiscus, chemical tasting stevia and cough syrup.

No green tea flavor to speak of here.  Just none.

Not one to want to give up on a tea so quickly, I decided to cold-brew a few bags in my half gallon pitcher, hoping that the cold brew might soften the overpowering flavors that I experienced with the hot steep.  I used 5 tea bags for 2 quarts of water and stashed it in the fridge for about 8 hours.

As an iced tea, this is a little bit better but not much.  The cherry flavor is not quite as cough syrupy as when it’s brewed hot but it still has that cough medicine taste.  The chemical stevia notes are a little less apparent although I can still taste it.  To offset the flavor of the stevia somewhat and try to make the sweet taste more natural, I added some agave to it and this addition helped make the drink more palatable.

On the positive side:  I do like that I taste the pomegranate and the raspberry and these two fruits have a pleasant fruity flavor.  The hibiscus is also less apparent as an iced tea.  This tastes a lot more like a fruit drink than a tea though.

I think it’s fair to say that this was not a win for me.  It wasn’t horrible but I find it difficult to move past that artificial taste of the stevia.  It really ruins this drink for me.

Organic Metabolic Energy Tea from Fit Life Tea Company

EnergyFitLifeTeaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea & Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Fit Life Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Ready for liftoff? Increase muscle energy and boost mental agility with an invigorating cup of Organic Metabolic Energy Tea. It’s packed with potent antioxidants and natural caffeine from sustainably grown whole green tea leaves blended with traditional rainforest energy tonic.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ll be honest and say that I really wasn’t looking forward to trying this Organic Metabolic Energy Tea from Fit Life Tea Company after I read the ingredient list:

Ingredients:  Organic Green Tea, Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Eleuthero Root Ginseng, Natural Flavoring and Organic Stevia Leaf.

First of all:  Mate and ginseng in one blend?  That sounds TOO earthy to me.  Then there’s the stevia.  I really don’t like it when a tea company feels the need to sweeten a tea for me.  I like to decide whether or not the tea should be sweetened and if it does, I like to decide how much and what type of sweetener will sweeten it.

But, I decided to give it a try anyway.

Wow!  This is actually really tasty.  It’s sweet but not too sweet and even though I was worried about the earthiness, it’s not so earthy at all.  It has a very refreshing taste to it.  It’s citrus-y and very drinkable.  It reminds me a little bit of a very watered down Tang.  Yes, the drink the astronauts took to the moon.  It doesn’t have the same gritty texture of tang, though.  (Fortunately!)

It’s pleasantly sweet with a really enjoyable, fruity flavor.  That said, I don’t taste much green tea in this.  I also don’t taste much Yerba Mate.  Since I love tea, the fact that I found these flavors lacking in this is a little disturbing to me.  But not disturbing is that I don’t taste the ginseng either.

To brew this, I hot-brewed the sachet in 8 ounces of 185°F water for 3 minutes.  Then I let the tea cool completely before I poured it into my BPA-free drinking bottle from Fit Life Tea and refrigerated it overnight.  Before I let it cool, I did take a sip of it to find out if I’d like it better hot or iced.

Just like the Teatox tea from Fit Life, I prefer this tea cold.  It has a refreshing taste and the texture is light and smooth.  And I even feel like it’s elevated my energy level too!

I don’t know that I’d actually drink this as an actual “tea” because it simply doesn’t taste like tea.  But I would drink it as an energy drink which is what seems to be it’s purpose.  And since it’s an energy drink that doesn’t rely upon troublesome amounts of sugar to enhance the drinker’s energy, I’d say Energy from Fit Life deserves a thumbs up!

DigestTea from Raizana Tea Company

DigestTeaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: Raizana Tea Company

Tea Description:

You shouldn’t have eaten that monster burrito or third slice of pizza, and you’re paying for it now. Get relief from gas, bloating and sensation of fullness with DigestTea, our natural remedy for digestive problems.
DigestTea is gentle enough to soothe stomach problems in children. Raizana uses natural herbs sourced in California to provide all-natural support for gas and other digestive problems.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have issues with eating certain kinds of food and then feeling disgusting, heavy, and bloated.  This especially happens when I have any kind of carbs.  So lately I have been doing a lot of research to see if there was some herb or tea that I could drink that would help.  That is how  I stumbled upon this company, Raizana.  They have several different kinds of herbal remedies for what “ails you”.  I don’t necessarily believe that there is a skinny tea out there but I do believe that some herbs can make you feel better.  So I decided to take a chance and pick up their sampler.

Now to be honest, I am a huge fan of herbal teas.  I love chamomile and adore lemongrass in teas.  I’m also a huge mint fan and tend to like most mint teas I come across.  The biggest reason I picked this tea up was because it had cilantro in it.  I had never even heard of a cilantro tea before.  I have a love affair with cilantro and sneak it into as many foods as I can.  The ingredients also list dill weed and passionflower.  I just had to try it!

When I popped open the bag, holy sweetness is all I can say! This definitely has a very sweet bakery smell to it which I think comes from the papaya flavoring and stevia.  I steeped this one up per their parameters and was pleasantly surprised.  This is one of the sweetest herbal teas I have ever had.  And it isn’t that artificial sweet taste.  This has an almost dessert quality to it.  Like a freshly baked treat. I don’t taste the cilantro at all but definitely pick up the minty notes and chamomile.  The lemongrass is also prevalent and letting itself be known but not in an obnoxious way.  I even tried this one iced and still had the same outcome.  A lemony baked treat. Yum!

Now to whether or not it helps with my digestion, that I really can’t say.  I have completely overhauled my diet as of late and am cutting junk food out all together, which was a major cause for a lot of my discomfort.  All I can say that this is great for when I have that sweet tooth craving and am looking forward to having this one again.

Malibu Beach Beauty Tea from Newport Skinny Tea

NewportSkinnyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black, Green & White Teas

Where to Buy:  Newport Skinny Tea

Tea Description:

Malibu Beach Beauty Tea has ingredients that soothe inflammation in your body, especially your tissues, and regulate the hormones that cause acne and skin irritation to show up on the surface. Ingredients in it strengthen collagen production, eliminate excess water trapped in your tissues and reduce the look of cellulite. After using the tea bags, you can place them on your external skin to reduce redness and inflammation of acne, keep away from your eye area.

Learn more about this tea blend here.

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Taster’s Review:

Before I even brewed this tea, I read through the description card that came with my sample of this Malibu Beach Beauty Tea and browsed the ingredient list and this tea has a lot going on!  Check it out:

Ingredients:  Earl Grey Tea, Young Hysson Green Tea, White Tea, Calendula, Lavender Flowers, Red Clover Blossoms, Peppermint Leaves, Rose Flowers & Hips, Linden Leaf & Flower, Elder Flower, Chamomile, Lemon Peel & Oil, Gota Cola, Honeysuckle Flower, Blackberry Leaf, Privet Fruit, Stevia Leaf, Mangosteen Peel, Natural Flavors. 

See what I mean?  There’s a lot going on.  I hope that it’s not too much going on!  But I won’t know until I try it.  So, I’m off to go brew it in my Kati Tumbler.  I’ll use 2 teaspoons of tea in the Kati basket and add 12 ounces of hot water (but not boiling).  The parameters on this description card suggest boiling water but with that many herbs plus green and white teas, I feel that boiling water is going to be too hot.  I’ll opt for a lower temperature:  180°F, and steep it for 4 minutes.  Let’s see how it goes!

Hmm … interesting.  It’s an interesting flavor – in a good way!  And as I said, there IS a lot going on.  Because of that, the result is a flavor that’s a bit more like an herbal tisane than a tea.  But that isn’t a bad thing.  I like that I’m tasting the lavender and lemon and honeysuckle!  I like that I am picking up on the flavors of peppermint and elder flower and rose!  And I can still taste notes of bergamot (which are highlighted by the lemon notes) and the black, green and white teas.

I like that there is a lot going on but it all seems to work together in a way that pleases my palate.  When I take a sip, my palate is intrigued and interested in what its experiencing.  I find myself wanting to sip more rather than push the cup aside – which is, quite frankly, what I feared!  I thought I’d take one sip of this and say NO!  No like!  But that’s not what’s happening.  Yeah, it’s different.  Yeah it’s a busy tea.  But I like it!

The prevailing note here is floral.  The lavender and honeysuckle and rose and linden and elder flowers give this a very floral flavor, but it doesn’t cross the line into perfume-y.  It doesn’t even really toe the line because there’s other flavors going on to help it take a couple of steps back and keep it tasting floral/herbaceous without going into the icky area of floral/perfume-ish.

This is something I can see myself wanting to drink on a regular basis.  It’s a got a really interesting flavor that compels me to continue drinking.

If the idea of beauty from the inside out interests you, check out Newport Skinny Tea’s complete line of teas.  You can even enter their raffle – they’re currently giving away a 21 Day TeaTox package!